Television shows have a way of bringing families and even a few strangers together, through their common bond over a well thought out script and back plot. Of course, the correct casting always helps. There are many crucial elements that go into creating a well-rounded and exciting series. One that keeps audiences coming back week after week for years and while not all networks have the right formula they all know one very important thing, they must choose the right theme song.
The theme song is what audiences hear and see first and if it’s catchy enough it will stick in the heads of those who hear it giving the show extra and unexpected publicity. There have been some theme songs that became instant classics and when you hear them you know the exact show they are from.
With this in mind lets take a look at some of the best and most memorable TV theme songs of the last few years.
Sesame Street – As if Sesame Street wasn’t a perfect enough show for kids they had to go and add an incredibly catchy theme song. The moment those bells begin to chime in the opening chords of the song we are transported to a place where birds are giants and garage cans house grouchy green monsters. As we grow into adults we can still hear and sing the entire opening credits song to Sesame Street and we still know every word line by line. “Sunny days sweeping the clouds away on our way to where the air is sweet, can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street,” well you get the idea.
The Brady Bunch – “Here’s the story of a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls…” come on you know the rest. This incredibly catchy opening number has been done and redone more times than one can count and tells the tale of one incredibly large, but rather functional, family. This writer dares you to listen to the first few lyrics of this song and not finish it out loud or in your head.
The Simpsons – Okay so this one doesn’t exactly have a lot of lyrics to it other than the opening line of, “The Simpsons,” but it still qualifies as one of the most recognizable theme songs of all time and therefore it deserves a spot on our list. After all the show has been around for more years than most television shows can even imagine.
The Muppet Show – Anything having to do with the Muppets is full of awesomeness automatically but this theme song was so perfect for what the Muppets were. It was a short and simple song but full of color and lots of recognizable Muppets. They are characters that we will never truly outgrow.
The Addams Family – Get your snapping fingers ready because this theme song requires a whole lot of snapping. “Their creepy and their cooky, mysterious and ooky…” you know the rest. Whether it was on the original television show from the 1960s or the movie remakes this song was and remains one of the best and most entertaining theme songs of all time.
Star Trek – “Space the final frontier…” everyone’s favorite spaceship, the Starship Enterprise, is about to take flight and go where “no man has gone before.” The show that broke the mold of its genre and remains, to this day, one of the most popular shows of all time. Therefore its theme song must be on our list.
Gilligan’s Island – Theme songs that tell a story are always welcome on the best of lists. Gilligan’s Island was certainly one of kind and introduced the characters and the plot in a minute and a half. Even if you weren’t around when they show was on the air you most certainly know the theme.
The Flintstones – Is it just me, or do the cartoons have the best theme songs? The Flintstones certainly had one of the best starting with the famous, “Yaba Daba Do!” The theme song is certainly one of my top favorites, as is the cartoon. This theme is one for the ages (whatever that really means).
21 Jump Street – Okay so maybe I am a little bias considering this theme song headed the show that gave Johnny Depp his start, but still it is a fabulous song. The song, sung by Holly Robinson, one of the stars of the show, was a combination of both theme song and rock song rolled into one. It is one of my favorite theme songs and is even one of my favorite songs, therefore it just had to be on this list.
Cheers – “Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.” Perhaps one of the most recognizable theme songs of the last few generations, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” remains one of the top songs of all time for a television show.
Friends – “I’ll be there for you,” by the Rembrandts was intended to simply be just another song on their album but turned into one of the most popular songs for arguably the most popular show of the last 50 years.
So how does our list stack up? What TV themes do you think deserve to be on this list?